Cleveland to celebrate velodrome grand opening tonight

Cleveland might be best known for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and comedia Drew Carey, but after tonight that might change with the grand opening of the only velodrome in Ohio.

The 166-meter, Olympic-style, wooden velodrome located in the heart of Slavic Village will open from 5-8 p.m. today for the first time. The track is funded from private donations and was assembled with local volunteers over the course of the summer. Tonight’s festivites will include a ceremony, snacks, and a riding demonstration, but no open riding hours. 

Those interested in riding on the track are required to attend a 90-minute orientation called Track 101 and can register online at Clevelandvelodrome.org. This includes the use of a special track bike from the rental fleet. Youth under the age of 18 can ride and train for free.

Open riding sessions, structured training sessions and race schedules are being formulated and the premier event for the fall will be the Ohio State Track Championship scheduled for September 15, 2012.

For more information, visit clevelandvelodrome.org and for the latest news, watch the Cleveland Velodrome Facebook page

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